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Document ID (ISN)73421
CIS number 99-1282
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Guo Y.L., Wang B., Yeh K.C., Wang J.C., Kao H.H., Wang M.T., Shih H.C., Chen C.J.
Title Dermatoses in cement workers in southern Taiwan
Bibliographic information Jan. 1999, Vol.40, No.1, p.1-7. 22 ref.
Abstract A total of 1,147 current regular cement workers were telephone-interviewed about skin problems during the past 12 months, work exposure, and personal protection. Among those interviewed, 166 were examined and patch tested with common contact allergens. A high percentage of cement workers reported skin problems in the past 12 months. More men (13.9%) reported skin problems possibly related to work than women (5.4%). Prevalence was associated with lower use of gloves, duration of work as a cement worker, and more time in jobs involving direct manual handling of cement, especially tiling. On patch testing, construction workers had a high frequency of sensitivity to chromate. It is concluded that cement workers in southern Taiwan had a high prevalence of skin problems related to cement use. Topics: building industry; cobalt; cement; chromates; eczema; irritants; job-exposure relation; length of exposure; occupation disease relation; questionnaire survey; sensitization dermatitis; sex-linked differences; skin diseases; skin tests; Taiwan (China).
Descriptors (primary) sensitization dermatitis; building industry; cement; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; cobalt; Taiwan (China); occupation disease relation; eczema; chromates; skin tests; sex-linked differences; length of exposure; job-exposure relation; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTaiwan (China)
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Cement and concrete
Construction industry and civil engineering